Fluoroscopy guided forceps for ERCP


Program: Mechanical Engineering

It is extremely difficult to take good quality biopsies in the bile duct, which are needed to diagnose cancer. Once a tumor spreads outside of the bile duct, the patient’s outlook becomes much more grim – therefore, higher biopsy success rates are a critical goal in endoscopy. Our project seeks to create a fluoroscopy-guided endoscopic forceps with improved range of motion over current systems. We want to give surgeons another option in their toolbox to attack difficult-to-reach tumors and provide high quality tissue samples.

Dr. Venkata Akshintala
Dr. Mouen Kashab
Dr. Nathan Scott
Dr. Stephen Belkoff
Charlotte Quinn

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